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Michael Korda's 'Hero' is the story an epic life on a grand scale, a biography of the Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile - including his sun-burnished blonde looks and flowing white robes - made him an object of interest, known the world over as 'Lawrence of Arabia'. An Oxford scholar and archeologist, Lawrence was sent to Cairo as an intelligence officer in 1916, vanished into the desert in 1917, and re-emerged as a colorful figure of World War I. A foreigner, he united and led the Arab tribes to defeat the Turks and eventually capture Damascus. Yet as he illuminates Lawrence's achievements, Korda digs further to expose the flesh-and-blood man and his contradictory nature - A born leader utterly fearless and seemingly impervious to pain, thirst, fatigue and danger who remained shy, modest, and retiring; a scholar and an aesthete who was also a bold and cold-blooded warrior. Yet as Korda shows, Lawrence was not only a man of his times, but a man whose achievements - as a farsighted diplomat, brilliant military strategist, the first media celebrity, and acclaimed writer - transcended them.